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One way to keep squirrels out of your bird feeders is to set up feeding stations just for them.  This cute feeding station makes it look like the squirrels are sitting at a table eating their ear of corn.  You will need a 3 foot long piece of 1 X 3 and a 5 foot long piece of 1 X 4 for this project.  These lengths can easily be ripped out of a 1 X 12 inch board.  If you do that, you need to cut a 1 2 1/2 inch strip and a 1 X 2 1/2 inch strip, as that is the actual width of these boards.

Cut the following pieces:

A. 2 3X 2 1/2 inches

B. 2 3 1/2 X 2 1/2 inches

C. 2 8 X 2 1/2 inches

D. 4 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches

E. 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches

F. 14 X 3 1/2 inches

G. 21 X 3 1/2 inches

H. 12 7/8 X 3 1/2 inches

First, make the tables.  Take a piece A and use it to support piece B, the table top.

Now, nail each table to C, the backer. 

For part D, you need to cut an X shape with each part of the cut out one inch deep.

Center the X on piece F and nail it down.

Put a large nail all the way through piece E. 

Turn the piece upside down and nail on top of the X that is part D.

Now, turn this piece over and nail each chair to it.

Measure and mark up eight inches from the bottom of G.  Align the bottom of the piece F with the mark and nail it to G.

Now you need to cut piece H to make it the brace for the café.  Draw a mark three inches from each side of H.  Draw a line from that mark to the opposite corner.  Cut on that diagonal line.

Nail the brace into place.  This is what the finished product should look like.

Stab an ear of dried corn on the nail protruding from the table and set the table for your squirrel guests.

See the Squirrel Cafe in action thanks to Photoshop below:

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